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Published on : Saturday, October 15, 2016
As Thailand begins an extended period of mourning after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, tourists from China and elsewhere are being reminded of- no alcohol, no laughing, no colourful clothing for at least a month.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday that the nation would hold a year-long period of mourning and that all entertainment functions must be “toned down” for a month.
Chinese travel agencies, in fact, are dissuading tourists from visiting the country for at least the next four weeks. Travel agencies are refunding bookings and to those who wish to continue their itinerary are being reminded to behave properly out of respect for Thai people’s feelings.
Many famous attractions, including the Grand Palace in Bangkok and popular entertainment venues, would be closed. This has led travel agencies suspend tour groups to Thailand for a month.
“For those who have already paid, we are arranging refunds,” said Liu. “There’s no point going to Bangkok now if you are looking for fun,” Liu Jun, an employee at a state-owned travel agency in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, said.
Ctrip, China’s main online travel agency said in a statement, “We recommend that tourists wear black or white.”
Lvmama.com, another Chinese online travel agency, offered similar reminders to tourists “not to laugh loudly in public”.
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Chinese holidaymakers.In the first week of October, the national holiday in China, more than quarter a million of Chinese visited the country.
Tourism accounts for about 10 per cent of Thailand’s gross domestic product.